Voluntary Action Scotland is proud to be one of forty-five organisations across Scotland that have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to end the freeze on working age and children’s benefits in the November budget. Charities, trades 

unions and faith groups have joined the Povery Alliance’s campaign to highlight the increasingly negative impact of the benefit freeze, particularly at a time of rising inflation. It is expected that the benefit freeze will be the main driver of rising poverty over the coming years. The freeze on most working-age and child related benefits was announced in the 2015 Summer Budget and includes:

  • Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • Child and Working Tax Credit excluding disability elements
  • Local Housing Allowances
  • Income support
  • Child benefit
  • Work Related Activity Group Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal credit 

Peter Kelly, Director

 of the Poverty Alliance:
The freeze will have a lasting impact on the wellbeing of those affected by it, particularly children in Scotland and across the UK. We would urge the UK Government to invest the resources required in this Budget to provide a better social security system for those who need it.”

We urge you to help prevent the spread of poverty by signing the petition here